ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

Report: 25th Anniversary of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Commemorative Forum

Publication date: 
May 2017

The ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body (ATSIEB) and the ACT Council of Social Service Inc. (ACTCOSS) report outlines community concerns and solutions in relation to the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the ACT justice system. The report is from a forum that was held commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the release of the final report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and was attended by 90 representatives across the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, ACT Government, and the community sector, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisations.

The report identifies critical actions needed to address the disproportionately high incarceration rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the ACT. These include:

  • systemic change and education to address racism and inherent bias in the justice system
  • better investment in social support and health services to address underlying causes
  • adequate resourcing and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led initiatives
  • leadership from government and senior management that enables all of the above.